Cheek by Jowl founders Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod have announced they will bring their French language production of Périclès, Prince de Tyr to the Barbican Centre in 2018. Shakespeare’s play sees Périclès lose his wife as he is shipwrecked on a Mediterranean island and forced to deal with pirates, magicians, brothels, kidnap attempts and attempts on his life. It is directed by Donnellan with design by Ormerod, and the cast will feature Christophe Grégoire, Camille Cayol, Xavier Boiffier, Cécile Leterme, Valentine Catzéflis, Guillaume Pottier and Martin Nikonoff.
Like War Horse, this stage adaptation of another Michael Morpurgo novel features a farmyard of animals represented by actors manipulating puppets. It also revolves around a child -- in this case a girl rather than a boy -- undergoing a journey to recover a lost pet, in this case a cat instead of a horse that had been seconded to the war effort.